Some aspects of using your organisation’s network to transmit CCTV and other security management data across the organisation, from the July print edition of Professional Security.
Why networks’ Enterprises are today implementing extensive, high-speed networks to run their day to day business.
Networks used by companies to run their day to day business can be the ideal data path for an organisation’s integrated security system, report access control manufacturers Cardax. CardaxFT, a Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP based security system, has been designed to operate across existing networks, and thus takes advantage of investment in infrastructure, Cardax say. An organisation’s existing intranet or wide area network (WAN) is used by communication using TCP/IP, an internet transmission protocol. Using existing networks provide cost savings to an organisation, the firm says – simplified installation, reduced maintenance costs and centralised monitoring of remote sites. The product stores information about cardholders, the site, and system activity; and it integrates an organisation’s electronic physical security; access control, intruder alarms, intercoms for cardholders, and PhotoID badging. The product has been designed to share data with systems including, CCTV; time and attendance packages; and human resource, asset management, and building management systems.
Cardax has been designing and marketing sophisticated, enterprise-wide access control systems for more than two decades. Cardax markets its systems through a network of subsidiary companies and accredited business partners around the world. Not only are Cardax systems installed internationally, they are can be found on sites which are market leaders in a whole range of sectors, and include Lloyd’s of London, London Underground, University of NSW, and Sydney Adventist Hospital. In New Zealand alone Cardax systems are used in over 700 Telecom sites ‘ all linked. Visit www.cardax.com.
IndigoVision has launched its VideoBridge Control Center, a CCTV application for the management of live and recorded video over Internet Protocol (IP) networks. Control Center can manage hundreds of networked cameras and networked video recorders. With Control Center, customers can manage multi-site digital CCTV systems from any point on the network. A large retail chain could monitor and record video locally in each branch and at the same time view and record selected cameras at head office. Andy Cotton, head of Digital Security at Securicor Information Systems said: ‘The introduction of Control Center is a major milestone for the industry. It lets us exploit the power of live networked video from a single application interface and it’s easy to add cameras and recorders locally and remotely.’ With Control Center, video can be recorded anywhere in the network. Unlike VCR or DVR based systems, there is no requirement to site video recording close to the cameras. Control Center has the ability to ‘mirror’ recorded video on multiple recorders, creating an instant back-up of critical video at a remote site. Oliver Vellacott, CEO at IndigoVision, said: ‘With Control Center we have created a management system which not only allows administrators to use the system easily, but adds advanced capabilities including remote management of multiple geographical sites, real-time viewing with uninterrupted recording, and interoperability with networked or analogue-based devices.’ Control Center allows viewers to search recorded video by time, location and event. The networked recording facility has variable disk utilisation allowing resolutions, frame rates, quality and coding standards to be changed so users can control the balance between disk storage and image quality to best suit their application.